News Release (Draft

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Department of Labor and Employment
30 October 2014

Towards Child Labor Free Philippines,
National Children’s Month ends on a high note

"Much has been done in the area of child labor prevention and elimination, but much
is still expected from us. Admittedly, poverty will always be seen as the culprit that
pushes children to work. Helping those who do not have the means is the
transformative action called upon by the inclusive growth framework.”

This is the message of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda DimapilisBaldoz, at the close of the National Children’s Month, rallying a call on stakeholders
“to continue partnering with the DOLE and other government agencies in ensuring
that child laborers and their families will be transformed and reintegrated into their
communities with a sense of self-worth, empowerment, and dreams.”

The month-long celebration, spearheaded by the DOLE’s Bureau of Workers with
Special Concerns (BWSC) and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC),
concluded with the Children’s Arts Festival held at the Skydome, SM City North Edsa
on 29 October, where close to hundred children and child welfare advocates from
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Commission for
Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Children’s Group. Winners for the On-the-Spot Painting Contest. Catandaan Yabut National High School. 16 years old. the winners are: 1st Place . Children’s Group. Dasmariñas North High School. This year’s theme. Bagong Silangan Elementary School. 12 years old. Occupational Safety and Hazard Center in Agham Road.(PCCI). The second category winners.14 years old. Proteksyunan! Child Labor. ages 14 to 17. held last 18 October at the Ichikawa Auditorium. Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. Quezon City. . 2nd Place – Ryan P. and ventriloquist stint from Ony Carcamo. Claro M. and 3rd Place – Dany Cris M. storytelling from Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. “Batang Malaya. 2nd Place – Thrish Anne M.” amplifies the importance of social protection in attaining sustainable and inclusive growth. have also been awarded. Dasmariñas North High School. Batiancila. children were indulged in a festive treat with performances from Rondalla on Wheels and Igal-Igal Badjao Dance. Hizon. Angelitud. For the first category with contestants ages 13 and below. are: 1st Place – Allen C. Recto High School.Dandreb E. 11 years old. 15 years old. 13 years old. and San Juan National High School attended. Bagong Silangan Elementary School. De Torres. Derecho.Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP). Labanan!. At the event. Enerlan. and 3rd Place – Kianne Marie P.

and the Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System (CLKSS) website.Winners for the Public Service Announcement were also recognized at the event. 2nd Place – “Kawikaan 22:6” by Euniz Johanne Garcia.” Baldoz said.” Baldoz said.to speak the unspeakable and show the nation that which it refuses to see. we cannot be complacent. at panahon sa ating antichild labor campaign. and 3rd Place – “Malaya Nga Ba?” by Dominique Osal. she cited the favorable results of the Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor by the U. “Pangalawang taon na po ito na „significant achievement‟ ang rating ng Pilipinas sa nasabing US DOL Findings. Napakalaki na rin po ng ating ipinuhunang lakas. salapi. Facebook Page. “Napakatagal na pong panahon na tayo ay nakikipagbaka laban sa child labor. Chinina Perez. We must further intensify this anti-child campaign -. to wit: 1st Place – “Sa Likod ng Ngiti” by Jasmin Monroy. There is no other way but up. Substantiating this. The DOLE’s BWSC is also brewing up .” The winning entries of this year’s contests can be viewed and accessed at the Batang Malaya Youtube Channel. “While this may be a good news for us. Department of Labor to which the Philippines reached the “significant advancement” status along with other 12 countries in the Asia Pacific. Kaya po maipagkakapuri natin na nagtatagumpay po tayo sa ating laban kung ito ang ating magiging batayan.S. and Armida Reyes.

. END/hjtg . Inc. Bank of the Philippine Islands. is made possible in partnership with SM Skydome. along with the Children’s Arts Festival. Globe Telecom.agreements with private sector and local government units for exhibiting the entries on billboards and public vidiwalls. and Jollibee Foods Corporation. The line of activities in the National Children’s Month. SM Cares Foundation. Canon Philippines.

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